Those seeking some help in their study skills will find it in these invaluable tips.
Unplug. The Internet, video games and television are huge distractions. Unplug them if only for a few hours so you can actually get something done.
Find something to motivate you. Sometimes even something as basic as being hungry can help motivate you to get work done. Tell yourself you can’t do whatever it is you want to do until you’ve finished enough work.
Bargain. Sometimes it can help to bargain with yourself. Allow yourself one hour of fun for every two hours of work you do.
Set hours. Help yourself get into a studying routine by setting aside hours of your day to focus solely on your studies.
Have a set study place. Find a place in your home where it’s quiet and you can set your mind to working without interruptions.
Reduce outside distractions. From the phone ringing to family members peeping in, try to reduce the amount of things that can distract you and get you off track.
Get the hard stuff done first. If you have a particular assignment you’re dreading, tackle that first. The rest of your work will feel like a breeze after that weight has been lifted.
Take a stretching break. Get up and walk around every once in a while. It will help you feel refreshed and let you refocus.
Never study all night. Studying all night will let you go over more material but it won’t help you remember it. Studies have shown that studying and then sleeping on it is a far more effective method.
Start early. When you’ve got a major test coming up don’t wait until the night before to start studying. Give yourself a few days to tackle the information. You’ll be less stressed and remember it better.
These tips were adapted from www.onlinecollege.org.